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Real Madrid suffer a Luka Modric injury blow

Luka Modric, Real Madrid
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Real Madrid have announced that Luka Modric has suffered an adductor injury, which could rule him out of some key fixtures.

Medical tests on Thursday morning diagnosed Real star Modric with a muscle injury in the adductor of his right leg. It came about during the international break, where he played in Croatia’s Euro 2020 qualifiers with Slovakia and Azerbaijan.

Therefore, the 2018 Ballon d’Or winner is a big doubt for Saturday’s home match against Levante in La Liga.

While the club didn’t state how long he’ll be out for, Modric faces a race against time to return to fitness ahead of Real’s Champions League opener at Paris Saint-Germain next Wednesday.

The trip to Sevilla on September 22 may also be an unlikely prospect for Modric.

A club statement read: “Following the tests carried out on our player Luka Modric by Real Madrid’s medical department, he has been diagnosed with a muscular injury to the adductor in his right leg.

“His recovery will continue to be assessed.”

Modric now joins Marco Asensio, Isco, Brahim Diaz, James Rodriguez and Eden Hazard on the injury list. Although the latter two could make their respective returns for this weekend.

James even refused to rule himself out of the Levante game earlier this week, while he battles a calf injury.

Hazard, on the other hand, has reported back to training in Spain following a three-week absence. Reports in the Spanish press claim that the Belgian might make the line-up for this weekend.

But Los Blancos boss Zinedine Zidane may have to make do without midfielders Casemiro and Federico Valverde. The South American duo only return from representing Brazil and Uruguay respectively on Wednesday, which leaves them very little time to prepare for Levante.

Casemiro, Real Madrid
MADRID, SPAIN – FEBRUARY 17: Henrique Casemiro of Real Madrid.